B-17G 42-97448 614th
20 April 1944 Mission # 53 Target: Bois Coquerel , France
20 April 1944 , 15:20 engines are on.
28 aircraft were airborne by 1620 , target today is Bois Coquerel (German V-1 rocket sites on the Pas de Calais) .
Bombing results ranged from fair to excellent on these difficult targets.
Flak was intense and accurate and, because of the haze, all formations made more than one run over the target.
Two 401st aircraft were brought down by flak.
No. 42-97448, flown by Lt. Charles S. Ksieniewicz, and No. 42-31593, flown by Lt. Frank F. Dougherty.
Missing Air Crew Report : 4055
1. Organization : AAF Sta 128.
Louis S. Rush F/O. T-123109 ? th
Herbert F. McElligott S/Sgt. 36426974 ? th
- After # 4 engine was hit By flak A/C flew along in formation for about 3 or 4 minutes.
Smoke trailed # 4 engine for a long ways.
A/C then spiralled off to the right , then went into a steep dive for about 1000 Feet.
A/C was then pulled up and this was when the chutes ( 5 or more ) were seen.
A/C the fell about 2000 Feet and one more chute came out.
It the went into a slow spiral to the ground and blew up upon contact , time 18:26.
Mission to Bois Coquerel, France, # 4 engine hit by flak, it the went into a slow spiral to the ground and blew up upon contact.
Crashed near Lucy, France
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